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Press Kit: 2020 Census Local Update of Census Addresses Operation to Begin

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Why it’s Important to Participate

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Attribute to: Mel Troxell, Geographer, U.S. Census Bureau

“It is important for governments to participate in LUCA because it’s their only opportunity to review and comment on the address list that will be used to take the census. By participating in LUCA, governments can help ensure that they get an accurate Census count. That’s important, since Census data is not only used to apportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, but also used to distribute billions of dollars in federal funds, and helps communities plan for future needs.”

Difference from Past LUCA Operations

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Attribute to: Mel Troxell, Geographer, U.S. Census Bureau

“One way that the 2020 Census LUCA operation differs from previous iterations of LUCA is that we will be providing our structure coordinates showing the location of residential addresses, or what we call map spots, as part of the LUCA review materials. This allows partners to overlay our map spots with theirs to easily identify areas where we may be missing addresses. The Census Bureau’s work over the past 5 years to improve the address list should make the review process much easier on our LUCA partners.”

The Review Process

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Attribute to: Mel Troxell, Geographer, U.S. Census Bureau

“All of the LUCA materials are tailored to needs of the partner. We will offer paper address lists and maps for smaller governments, and digital address lists and maps for governments that may have more computer resources. We will also offer a free software package, the Geographic Update Partnership Software or GUPS, for governments to conduct their digital LUCA review. If participants don't have the time or resources to review their entire address list, they can focus on areas where changes are happening, such as new neighborhoods being built or where buildings are being converted from commercial to residential.”

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